Fwd: Re: wicket ball

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 29 01:19:26 UTC 2002

At 8:35 PM -0600 1/28/02, Gerald Cohen wrote:
>>From: David Ball <balldw at email.uc.edu>
>>Reply-To: 19cBB at yahoogroups.com
>>To: 19cBB at yahoogroups.com
>>Subject: [19cBB] wicket ball lives??
>>Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 18:33:42 -0600
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>>I've been trolling the net for references to wicket ball, finding four or
>>five, but all frustratingly vague.  Mostly what I've found is that it was
>>still played in 1865 and probably later, and that in the 1840's it could be
>>played by at least 30 or 40 people.  I haven't seen anything to rule it out
>>being an informal version fo cricket, but nothing to prove that it is such,
>>of course.
>>Then I encountered the web site of an osteopath in Lake Havasu City,
>>Arizona, which gives a testimonial from an elderly woman named Helen (no
>>last name given), written in July, 2000, who says that after three joint
>>replacements, including both shoulders, "Now I can swing a wicket ball bat."
>>In fact, there's a picture of her, and she actually does appear to be
>>swinging a bat, but the angle of the picture is such that you can't see it
>>at all.
>>I don't know what to think of this, except that perhaps wicket ball has
>>survived as a living fossil on the shores of Lake Havasu, like the monster
>>in Loch Ness.  Here's the site.  Take a look for yourself.

Maybe wicket ball came over to Lake Havasu along with the London
Bridge, as a package deal.


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